Dr. Rachel Yehuda, a leader in the field of traumatic stress studies, will be in New Mexico Feb. 10-11 to discuss her research on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

The Albuquerque event will be in Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education Auditorium, 1001 Stanford NE, Tuesday, February 10, at 6 p.m. Yehuda’s presentation will be followed with a less formal event Wednesday, February 18, 6 p.m. in Los Griegos Community Center, 1231 Candelaria NW, featuring UNM expert Dr. Diane Castillo leading a discussion entitled, Let’s Talk about PTSD. Castillo is an assistant professor at UNM’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Women’s Stress Disorder Treatment Team coordinator with R.G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque.

Yehuda will be in Santa Fe’s Harold L. Runnels Building Auditorium, 1190 S. St. Francis Dr., Wednesday, February 11, at 6 p.m. Castillo also will hold a less formal event Tuesday, February 17, 6 p.m. in Santa Fe’s Christus St. Vincent SW Conference Room.

Both events are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended.

Yehuda, a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience, and director of the traumatic stress studies division at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York, has conducted studies on cortisol and brain function that have revolutionized the understanding and treatment of PTSD worldwide. Her current interests include the study of risk and resilience factors, psychological and biological predictors of treatment response in PTSD, genetic and epigenetic studies of PTSD and the intergenerational transmission of trauma and PTSD.

The Understanding PTSD and Resilience discussion is presented by the UNM Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences as part of its innovative public education series “We Need to Talk.” During the departments three years of free public programing, PTSD has been one of the most requested topics. Yehuda is the first “We Need to Talk” speaker on this subject.

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